Flexible, colourful and cosy workspace was one of the key themes at this year’s Clerkenwell Design week. Many designs looks like they are meant for a relatively short ‘pitstop use’ with little emphasis on the ergonomics and more on lounging and relaxing than serious work. In this year’s show the exhibitions were more spread around the area than before, concentrating on furniture and less on traditional craft.
Clerkenwell design week presented the full spectrum of work space design from chunky to lean forms. The boundaries are increasingly blurring between home and office design, as many of the office options could be easily used in basically any environment: home, hospitality, public spaces etc. The main component was cosy comfort emphasised by warm colours and soft upholstery.
The size of the working stations is getting compact, leaner and smaller, which allows more options to use them in different types of spaces. Interactivity e.g. using glass boards on a wall or as a divider was a popular addition.
The colour palette remains warm, including both warm and some bright colours like ochra. Pastels with muted tones and light wood was popular. The trendiest colour was pale pink (powder). Dark palettes also remain popular.
Office design extended also to outside space introducing the BuzziJungle, an outdoor social office structure.